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Fringe Philippine politician arrested over anti-China bomb plot

Published on Sep 3, 2014 8:20 PM
 
A Philippine police bomb disposal unit member inspects abondoned luggage at the departure area of the airport's terminal three in Manila on Sept 1, 2014, hours after a utility vehicle containing an "improvised explosive device" was found at the car park. Mr Elly Velez Pamatong, a fringe Philippine politician with a reputation for bizarre protests, was arrested on Wednesday, Sept 3, over his suspected involvement in a foiled anti-Chinese bomb plot, the authorities said. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - A fringe Philippine politician with a reputation for bizarre protests was arrested on Wednesday over his suspected involvement in a foiled anti-Chinese bomb plot, the authorities said.

Mr Elly Velez Pamatong, who was declared a nuisance candidate and disqualified from running for president in 2004, was arrested after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said investigators were looking into the possibility he was behind the failed bombings.

"I can confirm the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) is looking into the possible involvement of Pamatong," Ms de Lima told reporters.

She said that Mr Pamatong himself admitted he knew the three men arrested on Monday after the NBI found a van with improvised explosives at Manila's main international airport. The three were reportedly planning a series of attacks against the Chinese embassy and businesses owned by ethnic Chinese tycoons.

 
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